Trade facilitation opportunities for landlocked and transit developing countries

1. UNCTAD organized in Geneva on 8 and 9 July 2008 the “Global preparatory meeting on the midterm review of the implementation of the Almaty Programme of Action: Trade facilitation opportunities for landlocked and transit developing countries”. The meeting was a contribution by UNCTAD to the high-level midterm review of the Almaty Programme of Action. The purpose of the meeting was to review the recent progress made in matters related to trade facilitation for the benefit of landlocked and transit developing countries, and look at new opportunities for the next Almaty Programme of Action half-term of five years, which goes until 2013.
2. The Chair’s summary of the meeting, as contained in the present document, will be transmitted as a contribution to the high-level midterm review meeting, to take place on 2 and 3 October 2008 in New York.
3. The meeting was attended by around 50 representatives from diplomatic missions in Geneva and from trade and transport ministries from capitals, as well as from international organizations and private sector companies, and other agencies dealing with transport and trade.
4. Substantive discussions were grouped under the following topics:
(a) Developments since the Almaty Declaration – new realities;
(b) Initiatives resulting from Almaty Programme of Action – new approaches;
(c) Developments in the pipeline – new expectations; and
(d) Looking at the next five years – new opportunities.

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Release date: 
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Published date: 
07/20/2008
Type: 
Explanatory notes
Relevance Degree: 
Useful Background
Geographic coverage: 
Global
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